Description In this game, the player takes control of a lone prisoner who has been taking captive in a large castle occupied by the Nazis. Getting out of the cell and picking up a weapon is just the beginning; the ultimate goal is to acquire the war plans of the Nazis, and escape from Castle Wolfenstein alive. Castle Wolfenstein is notable for being the first game that incorporated stealth-based gameplay mechanics. The player navigates the hero through the top-down corridors and rooms of the castle. The main gameplay challenge lies in dealing with the guards who patrol the castle and will be alerted to any noise made by the player. It is possible to shoot the guards, but the ammunition in the game is scarce, and some guards are very hard to kill, so the preferred course of action is moving without being noticed. If the player surprises a guard with a gun drawn, the guard will surrender, and the player will be able to frisk him for valuable items. The player should also search the treasure chests scattered across the castle. Some of them contain war plans, which are essential for winning the game; others have useful items, such as bullets, grenades, bulletproof vests, and guard uniforms. The uniforms can be worn for disguise; however, higher-ranked SS guards will be able to recognize the intruder. Chests might also contain food and beverage; imbibing alcohol will result in a temporary loss of aim and balance for the player character. The game's sound effects include some of the earliest examples of digital voice samples. The guards would sometimes shout out short phrases in German in an attempt to stop the protagonist.
September 28, 2016 Subject:
Tips and tricks for CW
Played and beat this game hundreds of times back in the early 80s. The SS guys aren't as invincible as you think. Without grenades, you get your gun out, run up next to them with it pointed in their faces and hit space bar. They will usually surrender. Then you hit U to steal their bulletproof vest, and then shoot them with a single bullet and they die screaming. Hooray!
Holding spacebar will speed up the time it takes to unlock a chest. No reason to wait forever.
The graphics are awful, sound is bad (but funny) and the game is one of my all time favorites. Enjoy!
December 23, 2015 Subject:
FUN! new game??
I hit control N for a new game and it only opens new tab.
Here are the default keyboard controls that I know of. These assume a standard English QWERTY keyboard. I don't know how it will play with other types.
8 directional keys with center key for "stop" are:
I O P
K L ;
< > ?
To aim your pistol, use the 8 directional keys:
Q W E
A S D
Z X C
press "S" to fire the pistol, if you have bullets
Swap those two layouts if you chose the Switch Control option in the menu before starting.
"H" will holster your weapon if it is out. It is also automatically holstered if you run into an obstacle.
"T" will throw a grenade (once you find some) in the direction your gun is pointing. I haven't played that far yet, but I seem to recall this is the only way to kill SS troops.
Tab or Spacebar to search. Stop over a body and hit Tab/Space to search the body
To open a chest, get close, point your weapon at it and press Tab/Space. This will start a countdown for how long it will take to pick the lock. During the count down you can try shooting the lock with S to immediately open the chest (try searching again to confirm), but this can draw unwanted attention.
key shows your current inventory.
I never did get the chance to beat this on my brothers' C64, but I remember this being fun and challenging, with a lot of cool ideas for its time.
July 12, 2015 Subject:
Innovative for its time.
Another massive time suck from my junior high school days. Loved this game. I remember thinking the garbled digital voice acting was so amazing, 'Holy crap! They're really speaking in german!'
I don't remember it taking 254 seconds to open a chest though :/ Hold down the space bar to speed up the process.
May 16, 2015 Subject:
ahh the memories
Spent many hours at home and at school playing this game on my Apple //e. Provided countless hours of entertainment, although sometimes I did have to unplug the speaker to turn the sounds off.
I imagine the controls are the same for other versions.
March 10, 2015 Subject:
So far I've figured out basic movement:
K-Stop (once you start moving in a direction, you won't stop unless you press K or hit an obstacle)
To slow the game down, hit CTRL+F11. CTRL+F12 will speed things up
January 8, 2015 Subject:
I agree with the former review entirely.
This game is completely unplayable.
That is such a shame - this was also my favorite game on my Apple IIe.
January 7, 2015 Subject:
Would be a 5 if...
... the game didn't run so fast. it's impossible to play
January 7, 2015 Subject:
Best game ever but IA version is *way* too fast and unplayable
This was my favorite Apple II game and I played it a ton. Was very excited to hear about the Internet Archive project and was excited to play it. Unfortunately the emulator runs insanely fast for proper game play in this game. You can't even properly maneuver in the castle because the speed is to fast, you are constantly bumping into walls. Also the bad guys move fast and you are captured in a split second. (It is nice to speed up the opening of the crates!). Overall it is fun for about 1 minute at most, need to slow it down to original speed or at least close.